Therapeutic Massage and Integrative Bodywork
A variety of complementary techniques and modalities can be used in tailoring a treatment session to meet the specific needs of a client. Therapeutic massage and integrative bodywork are offered to increase relaxation and a sense of well-being, relieve physical pain, decrease the negative effects of physical or emotional stress and may possibly release trauma that is held in the body. The following is a list of some of the techniques your practitioner may use.
Massage and Manual Therapy:
Swedish Massage - Most commonly considered a "relaxation" massage, it involves a gentle and soothing combination of any of the following: long smooth strokes, kneading, rolling, and lifting, friction, percussion and vibration. Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation and can be especially helpful if you're recovering from an injury or wish to reduce stress.
Deep Tissue Massage - Considerably more intense than Swedish massage, deep tissue massage targets problem areas and adhesions in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using slow and deliberate strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, the therapist may address chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain or stress injuries (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow), postural problems or lingering injuries or conditions that cause limited mobility.
Rehabilitative and/or Scar Tissue Massage - Techniques used would depend on the type and newness of the injury being treated. Referral and release from the client's physician and/or chiropractor may be requested prior to administering massage to newer injuries or surgical sites.
Trigger Point Therapy - A trigger point is a localized spasm or "knot" in the muscle fiber that may cause pain to be referred to more distant parts of the body. Pressure is applied to this "knot" for anywhere from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, until a change or softening is felt in the tissue and the intensity of the pressure felt by the client lessens.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) - This gentle, hands-on approach releases tensions deep in the body. Using a very soft touch, restrictions in the fascia (the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system) are released. CST is effective in treating a wide range of conditions associated with pain and dysfunction and may help improve resistance to disease.
Other Complementary Therapies:
Moist Heat Therapy - Moist Heat Therapy involves the use of hot steam packs to instantly warm and relax the muscles. More effective than dry heat, it provides deeper penetration and brings rapid temperature change to the tissues. Moist heat can decrease pain and stimulate healing by increasing blood flow to and from the targeted area, aiding in the removal of wastes in tissues that slow the healing process. It is often used to relieve chronic pain, muscle spasms, sprains and tight muscle tissue and can help to increase the therapeutic benefits of a massage.
VacuTherapy / Cupping - Cups placed on the skin create suction and vacuum pressure to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.